Definition of burrawang in US English:


(also burrawong)


  • 1An Australian cycad with palmlike leaves and a sunken underground trunk.

    Macrozamia spiralis, family Zamiaceae

    • ‘Up the slope of the mountain the scrub is less, and massed burrawangs hang out their fronds as if to repel the wanderer.’
    • ‘Further afield there are grevilleas, burrawangs, tree ferns, huge native grass trees and towering gums to get lost in.’
    • ‘In the foreground are burrawangs and beautiful native wattle in flower.’
    • ‘Hardy brush box, native elm and tuckeroo tower on the ridge tops above the low understorey of palm-like burrawangs.’
    • ‘Spotted gums with a canopy of burrawangs form the main plant community in the park.’
    1. 1.1 The poisonous nut of the burrawang, which becomes edible after prolonged soaking.
      • ‘The original terrain was full of eucalypt, figs, geebungs, yams and burrawang nuts.’
      • ‘Burrawang is a nut that is present only in the coastal fringes.’


Early 19th century: from Dharuk.